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Once upon a time in eastern Kingston Jamaica there was a wicked soundsystem called Arrows, hailing from the working class community of Dunkirk and owned by brothers Ivan “Sonny” Linton, Phillip “Bilbo” or “Bill” Linton and their friend Robert “RO” Johnson. The sound started out in 1965. Robert "RO" an electronics expert who “built the sound’s first amplifier from a Grundig radio and spin vinyls on a Garrard turntable to play our 78 RPM records, The speaker boxes were made out of old sardine cases with 8” speakers”. Originally the sound was named Arrows Disco, but soon after updating their equipment to include “a small tube amplifier and speaker boxes with plywood.” In 1970 Alton King, a technician from Jones Town, transformed the sound with the introduction of “three pieces of tube amplifiers; bass, mid and treble. Built into the treble amplifier were a spring reverb section and a wicked mike stage” In the early seventies the sound started to focus entirely on playing reggae and rub a dub and was known for their massive dub plate collection. The top sounds in the eastern Kingston at the time included Prince Patrick, John The President and, of yes Arrows. With Arrows top notch deejays like Crutches, Jah Mikey and a youthful deejay Puddy Lion aka Puddy Roots (b. Junior Smith) this sound was certainly a champion sound.


Arrows vs Volcano 1984 pt1.




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Taken on September 12, 2011